Ohio Legislators to Introduce Birth Control Mandate
Ohio Democrats will introduce legislation to make birth control coverage mandatory in all small- and mid-sized employee paid insurance plans.
The “Not My Boss’ Business Act” sponsored in the Ohio House by Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, and in the Ohio Senate by Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, D-Columbus, is patterned after a similar national bill.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the bill would also prohibit employers from punishing or firing an employee for using contraception or having an abortion, neither of which have been reported in the state.
“I’ve never heard of that ever happening,” says Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life. “Those are private decisions, and the whole point of employers not being required to pay for contraception and sterilization is that those are private decisions.”
Employers can ask employees to sign contracts that prohibit them from publicly advocating for abortion or contraception, she says, but not from using contraception or having abortions.
“We are introducing this legislation to protect the health care decisions of women and their health providers,” Rep. Taveres, Ohio’s Assistant Senate Democratic Leader, said at a press conference announcing the bill. “Physicians are best able to decide appropriate health care and prescriptions needed by their patients. Employers should not be able to selectively decide which care or prescriptions can be given to whom.”
Ohio Right to Life spokeswoman Katherine McCann says the bill is “a stunt” that has no chance of passing given the administration’s current members. “This is a political tool that they’re going to use to cry ‘war on women’ later,” she says.
“Not my boss’s business” is a logo and social media hashtag promoted by abortion, contraception, and “reproductive health” advocates, though its meaning is far from clear.
“Activists turn everything on its head,” says Westwood. “If something is not my boss’s business, then it’s not my boss’s business to pay for it.
“There’s no logic to it.”
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